London, thou art the flower of cities all!

One of the the things she most liked about the city -apart from all its obvious attractions, the theatre, the galleries, the exhilarating walks by the river- was that so few people ever asked you personal questions. -Julia Gregson

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(There’s me in the Enlightenment Room in The British Museum)

Forget about what you hear about London’s depressing weather—the great tourist sites and attractions in this city make up for it.  Personally, I’d rather be wearing my trench coat and Hunter rain boots, splashing around in puddles in London, England than be in my down-filled winter jacket and furry winter boots, shoveling my driveway in Toronto, Canada right now.

London, England is my favourite city so far because of its history and culture. I have been to London in May 2011 and June 2012. I could see myself living here in a few years *crosses fingers* Besides the fact that I have awesome family members and friends living there, I also love the fact that most museums are free. OMG FREE! And the museums are pretty darn good. For one, the British museum is definitely a museum to visit. It covers 2 miles worth of galleries and its collection is dedicated to human history and culture. There’s also the National Gallery, a museum that gives an overview of Western Art (from mid-1200s to the 1900s). There are works here by Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Velázquez to Old European Masters such as Raphael, El Greco, Titian, Holbein to paintings by Van Gogh and Renoir. I also liked the Victoria and Albert Museum, a museum of decorative arts and design and the Natural history Museum. Sadly, I missed the Science museum…but that’s for another visit to London.There’s also Tate Britain and it houses most of England’s domestic art and most of J.M.W Turner’s works. From Tate Britain, I took the Tate boat which travels on the River Thames to get to Tate Modern. Tate Modern’s “permanent collection encompasses a great body of modern art dating from 1900 to the present” (Frommers). I also saw a play for £5 in Shakespeare’s The Globe Theatre—which is conveniently near the Tate Modern.

Okay, enough about my fascination with museums. I also loved seeing Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Covent Gardens, Carnaby street, Trafalgar Square, Notting hill and Portobello Market. I also enjoyed my afternoon tea in Kensington Palace and a shopping spree in Selfridges, Harrods/Knightsbridge, Topshop…and Primark (haha such a contrast in price ranges!). Oh and for those who love a good scare—London Dungeon was pretty fun! I got to learn about the dark history of London; it is interactive and the staff scared the beejesus out of me. My family, Chelsea and I also went to a nightclub in Camden. Apparently Camden is where the cool kids go! Next time I need to see it during the day time. In conclusion, there is still so much to see of London and England itself…

Ah, London I can never get enough of you!

Recommeded place to stay: Park Plaza Hotel. Rooms were fairly big; clean rooms; kind staff; close to Waterloo station (the central London railway terminus and London Underground…”tube”)

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